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An Anatomy of Firm Level Job Creation Rates over the Business Cycle

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  • Werner Hölzl

    (WIFO)

  • Peter Huber

    (WIFO)

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We study the evolution and cyclical dependency of the cross sectional distribution of firm level job creation rates from 1975 to 2004 for the Austrian private sector. We find that the share of firms that o not adjust has declined over time, but that the share of entries, exits, growing and declining firms increased. The share of firms adjusting is higher in upswings than in downturns and the higher order moments of the job creation distribution follow distinct cyclical patterns. The smallest firms and firms at the extremes of the growth rate distribution are largely unaffected by the business cycle.

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Paper provided by WIFO in its series WIFO Working Papers with number 348.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 20 Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2009:i:348

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Keywords: Employment Adjustment; Business Cycle; Firm growth;

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  1. Russell Cooper & John Haltiwanger & Laura Power, 1995. "Machine Replacement and the Business Cycle: Lumps and Bumps," NBER Working Papers 5260, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  1. Werner Hölzl, 2012. "Arbeitsplatzschaffung und Beschäftigungsgrößenklassen. Eine Untersuchung methodischer Alternativen," WIFO Working Papers 425, WIFO.
  2. Werner Hölzl, 2012. "Mobility Barriers and the Speed of Market Selection," WIFO Working Papers 437, WIFO.
  3. Alex Coad & Werner Hölzl, 2010. "Firm Growth: Empirical Analysis," WIFO Working Papers 361, WIFO.
  4. Harald Oberhofer, 2012. "Firm Growth, European Industry Dynamics and Domestic Business Cycles," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 59(3), pages 316-337, 07.

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